Honor and Worship by Teresa Fields (Fields of the Harvest)
We were created for honor. God values us so much that He crowned us with honor and gave man dominion. Psalms 8:4-6 says: “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him but a little lower than Elohim, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet:”
HONOR: hadar, means splendor, honor, glory, adornment, magnificence, beauty. This noun comes from the verb hadar, ‘to honor, to glorify, and to make splendid.’ Another well-known use of hadar is in the phrase “the beauty of holiness” found in Psalms 96:9 ad 110:3. (From Jack Hayford’s Bible Handbook, p. 647)
The following verses describe how we honor the Lord with our worship:
Psalms 96:9 says, “O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; tremble before and reverently fear Him, all the earth.”
And in Psalms 110 verse 3, it says, “Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power, in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning; to You [will spring forth] Your young men, who are as the dew.”
Not only do we see the Lord’s beauty, but also the beauty that we have as worshipers. His Holiness in us gives us beauty as we serve Him and minister to Him with worship.
Psalms 149:4-5 shows us this process. “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation and adorn the wretched with victory. Let the saints be joyful in the glory and beauty [which God confers upon them]; let them sing for joy upon their beds.”
We can see the source of honor in these next verses. Honor comes from The Lord.
1 Chronicles 29:10,12 says, “Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly and said, Be praised, adored, and thanked, O Lord, the God of Israel our [forefather], forever and ever.”
“Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hands are power and might; in Your hands it is to make great and to give strength to all.”
Our praise and thanksgiving also honor the Lord. It should be our lifestyle to give God praise and maintain a thankful heart. A song of worship used in King David’s temple teaches about worship and honor. In Psalms 50:23, we read, “He who brings an offering of praise and thanksgiving honors and glorifies Me; and he who orders his way aright, to him I will demonstrate the salvation of God.” Living a life that honors God will have evidence of Salvation.
In Psalms 86:11-12, King David prayed, “Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and HONOR Your name. I will confess and praise You, O Lord my God, with my whole (united) heart; and I will glorify Your name forevermore.”
Walking in God’s ways honors him. Choosing to live according to Truth is the result of a heart of worship towards God. So, the choice we make each day to seek the Lord, to worship and praise Him, and to walk according to the Truth will bring honor to our Heavenly Father and to Jesus Christ.
This is the life we were created to live.
(All verses are adapted from the Amplified Bible.)